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Trailblazers: Test Pilots in Action: The Most Frightening Moments of the World's Elite [Hardcover]

Christopher Hounsfield
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Book Description

1 Nov 2008
Flight testing experimental and new aircraft is one of the world's most hazardous occupations. A test pilot requires the skills of a flying ace whilst maintaining the self-control and mental discipline of a scientist. They are a rare breed, carefully selected for their experience and intelligence - let alone their bravery. This book contains a series of anecdotes written by some of the world's best, flying iconic aircraft during the extensive experimental flights that must take place before a type can enter service. Each story is a unique insight into these modern day technological explorers.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation; First Edition edition (1 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844157482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844157488
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Trailblazers - Test Pilots in Action 27 Aug 2013
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A fascinating insight into the testing of new aircraft, written in a largely non-technical style it makes a darn good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read. 13 Aug 2013
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Anyone interested in aviation in the modern age will enjoy this. Exciting, seriously understated rendering of exciting moments in the cockpit.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the can 10 Aug 2013
By Luke
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If you like detailed, often a bit technical, short flying stories, that's the book for you. No extra, no padding, honest!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heroic. 20 Feb 2014
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We use the word hero for all sorts of ridiculous reasons these days, even for someone kicking a ball into a net, but these guys really were worthy of such a description. They went about their hazardous profession with a minimum of fuss for our benefit. Scary and fascinating just reading about it especially if you know a bit about aerodynamics. Another one that was difficult to put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trailblazers 13 Jan 2014
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I chose this rating because it was a great read about "hairy" moments for the "creme de la creme" of pilots, the test pilot. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and would recommend it to aviation fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brave Aviators 20 Dec 2013
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Excellent book, some unbelievable fascinating stories. Very brave pilots with stories well written. I want to read more of the same.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not the best of its type. 6 Dec 2013
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Too much obscure material. There are much more informative books available. I found it boring but some others might not!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ho hum. Another boring day as a test pilot! 21 Nov 2013
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Have to say I am really disappointed in this book. As an aviation enthusiast, was looking forward to reading about life on the cutting edge of aircraft development, narrow escapes etc. etc. This book has none of that. Just a collection of stories by the test pilots themselves who, as you would expect, are the best pilots around but are also used to describing things in a mechanical and almost robotic style with no frills. Not their fault but doesn't make a good read and not even any 'inside' information on the various aircraft that your average aircraft enthusiast wouldn't already know.
Having read this book I think, if an aircraft actually blew up, it would probably be described as "cockpit became a little draughty, noticed aircraft no longer there, pulled rip cord, landed, had a cuppa."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn!!
As an ex military and production test pilot this book was a very disappointing. Apart from the odd chapter most of the stories were boring. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MR R BOOTH
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
Fascinating look into the lives of test pilots. Great variation in aircraft military and non-military and older and more modern.
Published 5 months ago by sukie78
5.0 out of 5 stars Hang on to your hats boys!
What a read, fantastic, unbelievable accounts of a test pilot with all of the dangers that go with the title, i nreally could not put this book down. Read more
Published 5 months ago by pharoah
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read +++++
I loved this Book as it is Well written and is aimed at technical and non-technical people who either do or don't have a knowledge of aircraft.
Published 5 months ago by Rupert Finch
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives a background to the testing of some iconic aircraft.
I worked on some of them and it was fascinating.
To understand what was going through the pilots mind in the most stressful situations was compulsive reading.
Published 6 months ago by flower
4.0 out of 5 stars Testing
An interesting compilation of stories from several test pilots - mostly American or British. The short-story format is handy for short train / bus journeys. Very enjoyable,
Published 7 months ago by Clarsach
5.0 out of 5 stars interest in flight
if you have any interest in flight/flying this book is for you. if not give it as a present to someone who has.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. A. Hackett
4.0 out of 5 stars Trail blazers test pilots
A good read with varying experiences shared by test pilots in their quests to progress aircraft development. This book will appeal to those interested in aviation over the years.
Published 7 months ago by Clipper
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